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Countries re-tooling factories at the expense of China

Letter to the Editor

Martial law in Poland

The world is in various forms of lockdown to avoid the inevitable—a trimming of the human herd.

It’s disconcerting to reach the age and time of life where you are the one the wolves would choose to trim out of the herd, but that’s life—and death.

It’s Mother Nature’s way and I respect it—even though I heard from a reliable source that Covid-19 might have had a little help from the P-4 lab on the outskirts of Wuhan.

My beloved Warsaw is in lock-down to prevent the spread of this killer disease.  Sure, it’s over-hyped, but on the other hand—it seems to be working. Only a few deaths today and the spread is rapidly grinding to a halt.

The weak and old are dying.  The young and healthy are recovering.

Once we reach a 60% level of infection/exposure, Mother Nature kicks in with an incredible defensive mechanism yet to be understood—herd immunity.

That’s right.  Once 60% of us are exposed to this virulent form of flu, our human herd develops its own defense mechanism. How?

They haven’t a clue, but it happened with Covid 1-18, and it will happen again on #19, with or without a vaccine.

So as soldiers are closing and barricading the roads in and out of my ancient city, I’ve been thinking.

By Monday morning, only food and necessary deliveries will be allowed—which at first seems a little scary—but I’ve realised that it’s not all bad.

You see our borders are also closing for the first time since The Schengen Agreement was signed on June 14, 1985—but yesterday when guards starting dragging truckloads of combat-aged Muslims out of trucks and containers at the new border checks (15 Afghan soldiers in just one lorry)—it occurred to me that there are some upsides to all of this pain.

And it’s not just stopping the endless flood of young Muslim men invading Europe.  It’s much more—and it’s all for the better.

Borders.  Boundaries.  An end to the terrible Globalists.  A return to National Sovereignty.  Hmmm

We’re going to lose a lot from our herd to this Chinese disease—yes, that’s where it came from and they deserve the credit, so I’ll continue calling it that.

But think of it. This killer has done something that a very few of our weak-sister politricksters would on their own—it has forced them to act like leaders of nations again.

They must focus now on taking care of those they were meant to serve instead of being the head whores of open-door flop houses for the rest of the world.

So, let’s look on the bright side of Wuhan Fever

Not only are borders and boundaries springing up again—entire restructuring of our supply chains is occurring as well—and it’s all happening quite literally overnight.

“Chinese pharmaceutical companies have supplied more than 90 percent of U.S. antibiotics,” according to the New York Times—and a Chinese official hinted this week that those might be withheld as a threat to the U.S. as leverage on trade issues—and if they do, it would be good thing in my opinion.

Yes, some of us will die for lack of medicine, but it will force my home nation and everyone else’s to wake up to the dangers of allowing a Communist totalitarian gang bent on world control to hold us hostage for basic needs

The last penicillin producer in America, as example, was shuttered in 2004, largely due to unfair trade practices by China and weak U.S. leadership allowing it—but one will spring up within days now, just like two surgical mask businesses did last week.

Surgical mask and latex glove manufacturing moved to China decades ago, but they’re rolling off the assembly line in Texas by the thousands as I write—and were  up and running within weeks—thanks to private entrepreneurs and the elimination of thousands of regulations under President Trump—more of which were ditched yesterday as part of his declaration of a National Emergency.

In fact, the re-location of the supply chains just from the Hubei Province will leave China weakened for decades, and all of our nations will be strengthened in the process.

Jobs—real manufacturing jobs—are already flooding back to America, for example.  Even in the midst of this crisis, 273,000 new jobs sprung up just last month and unemployment dropped to a record low of 3.5%.

There are only two losers in all of this—the Chinese Communist Party and the Soros One Worlders.  They’re both done by the end of this pandemic.

It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.  The world has seen the dangers of totalitarianism and the Chinese people will demand a change—in order to survive now that China’s weakness has been exposed (they’re $40 trillion in debt and entering a steep recession).

The other form of totalitarianism—Globalism—the one that brought on this pandemic—will be the other loser.

And I look forward to writing both of their obituaries.

Totalitarianism and globalism
Here they lie in this twin grave
Because like humans they could not behave.
One stole our wealth and one stole our soul,
Which is why they ended up in this damn hole.
May they never rest in peace

Howell Woltz

The International Centre for Justice

Warsaw, Poland

There is no end to duplicitous governments and large wholesalers; China taking our groceries

No more foreign acquisitions, taking our fresh milk is the final straw: Katter

Federal Member Bob Katter has taken his fight to protect Australia from foreign corporations to the floor of the Federal Parliament.

The Katter’s Australian Party Member introduced a Bill today to protect Australia from the foreign corporate colonisation of rural and regional areas (The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2020) – the second time Mr Katter has introduced the Bill in five years.

Bob Katter Means Business

Maverick MHR Bob Katter says no more foreign ownership as a Chinese company buys the country’s remaining dairy assets. “Soon we will be drinking Chinese powdered milk. All of our fresh milk will have gone into powder for China.Lion Dairy & Drinks, which produces brands such as Dairy Farmers, Masters and Pura milk will be owned by the Chinese Government company,  Mengniu Dairy.

Mr Katter said he didn’t know how other MPs would be able to look at their grandchildren and great grandchildren in the eye and tell them that they sold off their nation.

“On behalf of the Australian people we say no more foreign ownership,” Mr Katter said.

“Around 30 per cent of the people I meet tell me they are shocked and horrified that the Government is selling Australia off and out.”

The Bill states a foreign person cannot acquire a 10 per cent or greater interest in Australian land, water, or other assets that are of strategic economic or defence significance.

“A two thirds majority in both houses of parliament must approve foreign acquisitions, and the acquisition will be for no more than 45 percent of the asset,” Mr Katter said.

13.4 per cent of Australia’s agricultural land is foreign owned according to the ATO’s latest statistics from July 2018.

And foreign agricultural ownership is as high as 25 per cent in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Similarly with Australia’s water assets, the ATO data shows 10.4 per cent is owned by foreign interests.

“The Ord stage two and stage three were given completely to China, despite more than 30 Australians applying for the water,” Mr Katter said.

“Our most strategic northern deep water Port in Darwin was effectively sold off as well.

“It was also the most strategic Port for the Americans in the South Pacific. Is there anything this Government won’t sell?”

The Bill also calls for the establishment of a Foreign Ownership Assessment Board (FOAB) to determine whether an asset is of strategic economic or defence importance.

Mr Katter said the board would be chosen by a majority of the Senate of Australia and any determination of the FOAB would be reviewable by an appeals tribunal.

 

Minister asked to block any sale of the Tip of Cape York to Chinese interests

LAST month, the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation took tenure of 211 ha of land in Cape York, including the abandoned Pajinka Resort and it is reported that Chinese investors are negotiating with the Traditional Owners to purchase the land.

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter shares the concerns of Northern Peninsula Area Mayor, Eddie Newman, that a takeover of the resort by offshore Chinese investors would lead to a dire situation for the Traditional Owners, and would be a major national security threat for Australia.

The freehold deeds to 211 ha (527 acres) on the Tip of Cape York being handed to Bernard Charlie, a representative of the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation, by the Deputy Director of Lands, Wally Kearnan.
The three titles take in all of the Tip from the east coast high water mark to the west coast high water mark, compliments the Queensland Labor Party

“I have been reliably informed that Chinese buyers have visited the northern tip of Cape York on at least two occasions to inspect the abandoned resort, with a particular interest in photographing the northern rugged coastline,” Mr Katter said.

“Concerns raised by Mayor Eddie Newman are that due to no consultation there has been no safeguards for local jobs and no reassurance that the profits will actually go back into the local community.”

Options for rebuilding the resort will be discussed at the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation’s annual general meeting tomorrow, Friday December 6.

“Why would they want the most northern point of Australia? The closest point to Papua New Guinea,” asked Mr Katter.

“There are numerous questions here and I would think the answers are pretty ugly.”

Mr Katter has taken the step of meeting with Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, who has the power to block such foreign investment if it were to proceed.

“Losing control of the Torres Straits would be a national security disaster,” Mr Katter said.

“They’ve already handed over the Port of Darwin and given away the Ord in Western Australia. Almost every big cattle aggregation is foreign owned.

“The defence and security of this nation is precipitation for extreme anger in the United States and, infinitely more importantly, for every Australian who is just simply fed up with watching day after day the sell off of their country.

“The suits are parading around saying isn’t this foreign investment marvellous, but one day they’ll wake up in

a country that isn’t their own.”

Chinese to take over the Tip of Cape York

by Jim O’Toole

The bloodless coup by communist China taking over Darwin Port seems set to continue as Chinese nationals move onto the Tip of Cape York Peninsula.

On a second visit to the Tip this week Chinese interests were shown the ruins of Pajinka Resort, nestled on about 700 acres of mostly undeveloped land , by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wymarra tribe.

Local Aboriginal elders and genuine traditional owners for the area are aghast China could buy the three Perpetual Leases should the Department of Natural Resources allow the local government authority which holds the title in trust to be transferred.

A local Islander identity assisting the delegation, has applied to have the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council transfer the lease into his name, which, according to local Aborigines, would allow it to be on-sold to Chinese interests.

A lease in perpetuity has no expiry date which means it can be held indefinitely.

The potential Chinese buyers have been reported taking photographs of the entire area including the rugged northern coastline sparking great security concerns.

It is believed state and federal authorities too are concerned about the Chinese delegation getting their hands on such a valuable and strategic site.

The Wymarra delegation has been proposing a new resort complete with a Greg Norman-designed golf course within sight of the iconic Tip.

 

China and India lining up to be world’s largest economies

by Alex Bruce

It’s really hard to tear your eyes away from this dynamic graph showing the projected GDP rankings of the world’s 10 largest economies between 2019 and 2100, using data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

GDP stands for Gross Domestic Product or the monetary measure of all goods and services produced.

The first big change in the period leading up to the 2019 starting point was Russia’s 1992 entry in the world economy at 4th place behind the great economic powers of the US, Japan and Germany. This position which was soon eclipsed by the inexorable rise of China, which reached the number 2 spot in 1999 for the first time in world history and then went full supernova in 2006, with mind-boggling 15% annual growth.

India is currently having its own supernova, projected to move from 7th to 5th place in 2019, ahead of the UK and France and surpassing Germany for 4th place in 2024!

In 2028, China is projected to surpass the US as the world’s largest economy. India will surpass Japan for the 3rd spot in 2030. The latter half of the 21st century will be all about India, which overtakes the US in nominal GDP in 2059, the second country ever to do so. By 2072, Asia will totally dominate the world economy.

These are the happy numbers forecast by the IMF, as opposed to the infamous projections of Deagel, which predicts that the countries most dependent on the heavily financialized economies of the Anglo-American banking system will be hardest-hit by its collapse.

Deagel says the UK will lose 50M people and its GDP will shrink to 8% of its current numbers. The US will lose 220M people and its GDP will shrink to 8% of its current numbers, as well. Are Deagel’s projections expressing the fantasies of disaster-capitalist banksters?

In light of the December 10th signing of the UN’s migration pact, which resulted in yesterday’s resignation of the Belgian president, a review of Deagel’s statements of 2014, reveals new meaning:

The process that the USA will enter in the upcoming decade is migration. In the past, specially in the 20th century, the key factor that allowed the USA to rise to its colossus status was immigration with the benefits of a demographic expansion supporting the credit expansion and the brain drain from the rest of the world benefiting the States. The collapse of the Western financial system will wipe out the standard of living of its population while ending ponzi schemes such as the stock exchange and the pension funds. The population will be hit so badly by a full array of bubbles and ponzi schemes that the migration engine will start to work in reverse accelerating itself due to ripple effects thus leading to the demise of the States.”

Running Time: 4 min

https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/the-ghost-of-christmas-future/

Australia for sale? Already sold!

KAP Leader and Federal  Member for Kennedy Bob Katter slammed the Government on foreign ownership in Parliament yesterday asking if there will be a new regime to stop selling Australia, or is it business as usual, Australia for sale?

Tensions mounted as Mr Katter listed the major foreign owned or run companies, stating that free trade  means jobs exported, cheap labour imported.

Katter says there is not much left of Australia to sell. The LNP/ALP duopoly has already sold it. Will the last Aussie leaving switch off the solar/wind lights?

“The biggest farm in Australia ‘Van Diemen’s dairys’  is 0wned by China, the 2nd biggest ‘Cubbie’ owned by China, the biggest grain farms ‘Nicoletti’ owned by China, biggest farming aggregation ‘Kidmans’ controlled by China, the biggest of all, ‘Ord stage 2 & 3’ owned by China, Australia’s most strategic port, Darwin owned by China, Taxi Hire industry Uber  foreign owned, the car manufacturing, glass, textiles, petrol, whitegoods – all gone overseas,” Mr Katter said.

“What has free trade done for us? It gave away the entire coal seam gas reserves of this nation; $23 billion a year was given away. We gave it away for six cents a gigajoule and we bought it back for $16 a gigajoule. In fact, it is cheaper to buy Australian gas in Tokyo and bring it back to Australia than to actually buy it in Australia. That was a magnificent free-trade deal.

“We freed up the wool industry–oh, what a magical achievement; it is now costing the nation $16 billion a year. Ethanol: ‘Oh, we must have a level playing field; we must have a free market.’ So while Brazil produces ethanol and provides a $4 billion cross subsidy to its sugar industry, we’re ‘free trading’, so we import $23 billion worth of petrol every year instead of producing one litre of petrol of our own, which, of course, we could do tomorrow with ethanol.

“Oh, and we wiped out the entire manufacturing industry of Australia. The car industry alone was $25 million a year. Just in coal seam gas, wool, ethanol and motor vehicles, we have lost $40, $50, $60, $70 billion in just five items.

“Do we have a new regime that won’t continue to sell off Australia, or is it business as usual – Australia for sale?” Mr Katter said.

Chinese Government gets 100 year lease on airport for $1

from The Australian

China‘s communist government could soon own an Australian airport after paying just $1 for a 100-year lease on the land.

The state-owned China Southern Airlines partially owns Merredin Aerodrome, 260 kilometres east of Perth, and has control of the runways, hangars and the control tower.

However, this Chinese government company could soon own all of the country airport less than 25 years after it secretly paid the West Australian government $1 for a 100-year lease, The Australian reports.

Entrepreneur Dick Smith, who is also a former chairman of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, said this was the first time a foreign power had owned an Australian airport.

China secretly paid the WA government $1 for a 100 year lease on Merreden Airport, 260 kl south east of Perth

‘It is outrageous that an Aussie pilot can’t go to a country airport without getting approval from the Chinese to land there,’ he said.

‘I’ve never heard of this happening anywhere.’

China’s biggest airline presently owns half of Merredin Aerodrome and may soon own the entire airport, despite recently shutting down its pilot training school because of safety concerns.

Anyone wishing to land at this airport must obtain permission from China Southern.

 

 

Barnaby Joyce and Steven Ciobo get Chinese government funds for India’s Adani coal mine

22 November 2017: Bob Katter MP, Federal Member for Kennedy,  is furious former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce took part in selling Adani to China after news the Adani Group is close to securing finance for its coal mine and railway track in coming weeks with Chinese state-owned enterprises, banks, and export credit agencies backing the venture.

Media reports a director of Adani Mining said just days ago they would no longer need funding from Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) and a formal announcement of a financial close was imminent. It was reported in The Australian on Nov 14th Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Trade Minister Steven Ciobo wrote to top Chinese officials to vouch for Indian giant Adani. The report said they sent a letter to the chairman of China’s powerful National Development and Reform Commission saying they welcomed “foreign lending to support the development of major projects in Australia”.

Katter calls Liberals Barnaby Joyce and Steven Ciobo traitors for brokering Chinese Government funds to help Adani open Australia’s largest coal mine creating thousands of Chinese jobs in Central Queensland

“If you sell your country out, then you’re a traitor,” Mr Katter said.

It was also reported Chinese enterprises and export credit agencies invariably require that materials for key infrastructure are sourced from China, effectively shifting work out of Australia and undermining Adani’s claims its project will create many thousands of additional jobs for Queensland.

“Half Australia’s coal reserves will be controlled by whoever owns that railway line. It was not good enough for the ALP and  LNP to sell our coal seam gas, now worth $25b a year.  This is enough money to restore our outpatients at our hospitals, and give every pensioner and young families 10 grand each and every year.

“We sold the gas for 6 cents a unit we are now buying it back for $16 a unit – our own Australian gas. And now we are going to do the same thing with coal.

“Does anyone think a spineless Government in Canberra are going to stand up to the Chinese Government when they take over all of our unexploited coal reserves? The Greenies think they will stand up to that? Do they think the  spineless ALP Government will stand up against the Chinese Government? No, they won’t.

“This will go down as the biggest sell out in our country in Australian history, and will let all the world know that Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and LNP PM Malcolm Turnbull will go down in the history of Australia in infamy,” Mr Katter said.

Strategic worldwide ports, a ‘string of pearls’owned by China, include Darwin

China's Landbridge private corporation private army

China’s Landbridge corporation private army

The Communist Chinese government, through state-controlled corporations masquerading as private entities, is accelerating its plan to acquire control over deep water ports and major shipping lanes across the world.

The Sri Lankan government, heavily indebted to China, recently agreed to lease approximately 80% of a strategic port in the southern part of the country to a state-owned Chinese company for $1.1 billion.

The port of Hambantota lies along an important trade route connecting Asia and the Middle East, and is a key part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “one belt, one road” plan to expand Chinese control over key shipping lanes.

The United States refers to these strategic ports as China’s “string of pearls.”

China Merchant Port Holding Company, which purchased the lease to operate the port of Hambantota, is owned by the Communist Chinese government; specifically, it is owned via majority share by the China Merchants Group, a state-run corporation based in Hong Kong.

The same state-owned corporation maintains an 85% share over a large new terminal at the port of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, as well as varying levels of control over ports in the African nations of Djibouti and Togo.

After acquiring 49% of Terminal Link, a portfolio of terminals run by struggling French container line CMA CGN, China Merchants Group gained access to the following ports: Antwerp and Zeebrugge in Belgium; Dunkirk, Le Havre, Montoir, and Fos in France; Casablanca and Tangiers in Morocco; Marsaxlokk in Malta; Abidjan in the Ivory Coast; Houston and Miami in the United States; Bussan in South Korea.

Another major state-owned corporation, COSCO Pacific, has minority control over the following ports: Antwerp, Suez in Egypt, and Singapore.

COSCO acquired a majority share (51%) of operations at the Greek port of Piraeus in April, 2016 (another 16% will be acquired after an agreed upon period of modernization lasting five years).

The Greek government was forced to sell control over the port, as well as control over 14 regional airports to a German-based company, in a desperate bid to satisfy EU creditors eager for repayment.

COSCO was at the center of controversy when the company sought to lease a former naval base at the Port of Long Beach, California after one of their ships was suspected of illegally trafficking firearms and was raided by customs officials in 1997.

President Bill Clinton was tied to the Chinese company that produced the firearms, Polytechnology, after a supporter escorted the company’s president, Wang Jun, into one of the President’s “White House coffees”, where he reportedly met with Clinton.

Clinton later said the meeting was ”inappropriate” and “an example of the failure of the White House to screen visitors rigorously.”

The cash-strapped (and corruption-plagued) government of the Australian Northern Territory leased control over port facilities in the capital city of Darwin to the Landbridge Company, a company closely connected to the Chinese government, for $361 million late last year.

The 99-year lease raised concern among some in the United States as Marines use the base to train approximately six months out of the year. In addition, fuel storage tanks used by the Marines are situated directly on the land leased to the Chinese company.

Critics argued that China’s port control “could facilitate intelligence collection on U.S. and Australian military forces stationed nearby,” according to the New York Times.

Ye Cheng, chairman and founder of the Landbridge Company, was honored as one of the top “10 individuals caring about the development of national defense” by the Shandong provincial government in 2013.

The Landbridge Company’s website notes their strong ties to “state-owned companies like China National Petroleum Corporation, which supplies oil to Landbridge and allows them to sell it at retail pumps under the corporation’s name.

Panama Ports Company, a subsidiary of Hutchison Ports, maintains exclusive rights to operate ports at both ends of the Panama Canal (Balboa on the Pacific Ocean, Cristóbal on the Atlantic Ocean).

Hutchison Ports is a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings, chaired by Hong Kong-based billionaire Li Ka-shing. He has close ties to the Chinese government, as does the company’s co-managing director and deputy chairman, Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, who served on the Standing Committee of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

As of 2006, over 60% of the container terminals at the ten largest ports in the United States were operated by a foreign corporation, with the number rising to 80% at the largest ports in Los Angeles and New York/Newark.

Source: http://www.eutimes.net

Cairns News Links:

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  1. Cairns News published the China private army takeover of Port Darwin – https://cairnsnews.org/2015/11/21/chinas-landbridge-army-to-takeover-darwin-port/

2. Cairns News published China purchasing John Holland Ltd a major Australian Defense Contractor – https://cairnsnews.org/2016/08/11/communist-china-buys-john-holland-constructions-key-defence-dept-provider/

3.  Cairns News published China’s warning for Australia to dismiss USA alliance – https://cairnsnews.org/2012/05/26/china-warns-australia-dismiss-us-alliance/

 

The real China outside our Kowtowing duopoly parliament

Canberra dictatorial duopoly puppets capitulating to China’s cashing up silent invasion via a Trojan Horse, are remote controlling Australia  from behind a facade of glossy assimilation.

BE PREPARED, new owners in waiting will  remove the tiny residue of freedom we have left.

 Duopoly faithful lemmings  sustain promoted mountainous fear driven legislation, set in place by self appointed political masters agenda to maintain total control  by deception, and so glaringly obvious to a far greater master targeting the defenseless.

Harry Palmer

Extreme torture inside China’s correctional facilities

WARNING: Disturbing content.

JINTAO Liu’s body shuddered in pain as he endured yet another day of extreme torture.

He had woken to pins being pushed into his nails before he was forced to stand still in a yard for some 18 hours. If he moved, he was beaten viciously and within an inch of his life.

Each excruciating second of the gruelling punishment caused his legs to swell as his body threatened to buckle under the pressure. He was given “no toilet breaks”, and shown no mercy. Time had become his enemy — but not his worst.

That was a typical day for Mr Liu during a lengthy stint in a series of Beijing detention centres and labour camps between 2006 and 2009.

There, he was subjected to electric shocks, medical tests, forced feedings, beatings, violent sexual assaults and other barbaric forms of torture designed by prison guards to humiliate and inflict maximum pain.

But it was one particularly savage punishment that etched the deepest psychological scar on Mr Liu.

“The incident which marked me the most was when they, four of (the prison guards), stripped me of my clothes, and used the toilet brush to pierce my anus, saying that they would pierce until I turned homosexual,” Mr Liu told news.com.au.

“They pulled my pubic hairs and played with my genitals.”

His only ‘crime’ was to practice Falun Gong, a spiritual meditation based on the guiding principles of “truth, compassion and tolerance”.

But perhaps just as shocking is that the Chinese government has been carrying out these human rights atrocities — including forced organ removal for harvesting purposes — on innocent citizens and convicted criminals for the best part of the past two decades. And it’s still happening today.

A woman protests in Hyde Park to end the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. Picture: Sam Mooy

WHAT IS HAPPENING AND WHY?

Mr Liu, 36, is one of thousands of people who have been incarcerated in some of China’s worst jails, labour camps and detention centres for practising Falun Gong and refusing to give up their spiritual beliefs.

By the 1990s Falun Gong had become so popular it was estimated to have 100 million members, outnumbering the country’s ruling Communist Party and prompting former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin to ban the practice in 1999.

Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) Australia spokeswoman Sophia Bryskine said the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners was still extensive with many being locked up “with no legal proceedings”.

“In our recent research and communications we have focused predominantly on prisoners of conscience as the scale of abuse remains vast,” she told news.com.au.

Dr Bryskine said China was committing human rights atrocities on a mass, state-sanctioned level and that Australia, along with the other nations, needed to immediately act and condemn it.

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China now owns South Molle Island

aussoldDaydream Island owner China Capital Investment Group has snapped up South Molle island in the Whitsundays in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef for about $25 million.
The perpetual leasehold for the tropical island was put up for sale by long-time owner and tourism identity Craig Ross in April after he received a number of unsolicited approaches from investors and developers.
Up for sale was 12 hectares of developable beachfront land, including a frontage of more than 600 metres to one of the only sheltered north-facing white sand beaches in the region and a secluded15-hectare parcel in the middle of the island, surrounded by national park.
It also came with an existing 188-room resort and amenities.
“It’s been a joy to share South Molle. It’s a wonderful island. It’s been an amazing 15 years. I wish the new owners all the best,” Mr Ross told the Australian Financial Review.
The island offered the potential for “unparalleled large-scale development potential”, according to the information memorandum with the opportunity to develop a 1300-room resort, subject to planning approval.
The sale of South Molle island was negotiated by Peter Harper and Tate Stubbs of JLL Hotels and Hospitality who declined to comment.
The sale comes amid rising levels of investment from Chinese investors in Australian resorts and in Queensland coastal real estate, including Dalian Wanda’s Jewel project on the Gold Coast and Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung’s recent $40 million acquisition at Surfers Paradise.
Nearby developments include the five-star Qualia resort on Hamilton Island, Dent Island Golf Course and the redevelopment of Hayman Island and Lindeman Island.
Also encouraging investment has been rising Whitsunday occupancy rates– up from about 55 per cent last year to almost 70 per cent this year– and average daily room rates, up from $400 to $450 a night,according to JLL.
The buyer, Shanghai-based China Capital Investment Group, snapped upthe Daydream Island (West Molle) Resort and Spa last year from Nature’s Own founder Vaughan Bullivant for about $30 million. The4.5-star resort has 296 rooms and suites.
The company was founded by Chuanyou Zhou, the chairman and CEO. Itsinvests in the mining industry, real estate and infrastructure.
According to its website, the company welcomed Queensland education ministers Kate Jones and tourism minister Megan Houghton to its offices last year, where they discussed the prospects for the tourism market and “investment opportunities in Queensland”.
 
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